Medhi Benatia says Cristiano Ronaldo is without any doubt the best player with Pep Guardiola tactically the greatest manager but lacking in man-management skills.
Pep Guardiola who is now Manchester City boss, provided Benatia with guidance when they were both at Bayern Munich between 2014-16. The centre-back’s time in Munich was cut short due to issues with form and injuries but he still managed to win two Bundesliga titles and a DFB-Pokal.
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Benatia told Goal that when it came to being coached by Guardiola, there where both positive and negative aspects to it.
“Tactically he’s the best coach in the world, I don’t see one better than him,” he said about manager Pep Guardiola.
“But I didn’t like him very much in the relationship with the players, from this point of view he didn’t drive me crazy.” he added about the manager.
“At the beginning I started well, I was the highest paid defender in the history of Bundesliga and I was elected the best defender of the Serie A. A great club, the top.”
“The reason for the satisfaction linked to that adventure was that they chose me, Guardiola and [Karl- Heinz] Rummenigge.”
“Unfortunately the injuries affected me and, honestly, I missed Italy very much. I did not adapt well and, after a complicated second year, I did everything to return to Italy.”
After cutting his time in Germany short, Benatia later joined Juventus on loan and later became a permanent move. With Guardiola linked with taking over at Juventus, Benatia believes they already have the top class boss, Maurizio Sarri.
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“He is certainly the right profile, but in my opinion, Sarri also has an excellent idea of football,” he said.
“This year, perhaps, has been a bit more complicated for Juve, but change always requires patience. And we must not forget that we are talking about a team still in the running to win everything.”
“I don’t think it is right about other coaches at the moment, the Bianconeri have a good one.”
Benatia joined Qatari side Al-Duhail six months after Ronaldo arrived from Real Madrid and already Ronaldo has made a big impression on Benatia, who added: “He is the absolute number one, as a footballer and as a person.”
“He is very intelligent, even outside the game rectangle. His brain is always faster than that of others. I am happy to be his friend. I always wish him the best.”
It was reported that Benatia’s exit was due to a falling out with former boss Massimiliano Allegri and he explained.
“He told me that I would start with [Giorgio] Chiellini and that [Leonardo] Bonucci should have earned his place. Leo is a champion, but it was expected that I would start and, perhaps, at the first mistake he could have played another one in my place.”
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“Things at the moment, they were doing pretty well. I had a brace in the Coppa Italia final and we were talking about contract renewal. After that, I found myself making four benches without playing even a minute.”
“Then, apparently, Allegri had made fun of me; I started to lose my mind and I told him that I would never play for Juve again while he was the coach.”
“But I have an extraordinary relationship with the club we still feel [good] and I’m happy to have been able to work with these people.”
Article Accredited To: Mamorobela Lethabo